Happy Birthday, Mom! Roseville’s Reece no-hits Pioneer

Raley Field matchup is labeled a double no-hitter, despite Blaser’s rocket in first inning
By: Bill Poindexter/Roseville Press Tribune Sports Editor
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There have been all but two high school baseball games played at Raley Field this season, and a no-hitter already is in one book — with two no-hitters in another book.

Roseville senior Mark Reece combined a fastball in the high 80-mph range with an “awesome” curve and “nice” slider, according to coach Hank DeMello, and the Tigers defeated Pioneer of Woodland 2-0 on Thursday night. Reece walked two, “grazed one and hit one,” DeMello said.

Reece’s mom, Debra, asked for a no-hitter on her birthday, and received it.

“It’s funny. When you have special days like this, you always have under-stories and stuff like that. It’s absolutely amazing,” DeMello said, adding that Reece threw first-pitch strikes to about 80 percent of the batters he faced. “That was huge.”

The Sacramento River Cats issued a news release Friday morning lauding a double no-hitter. Pioneer, as the home team, also recorded a no-hitter for pitchers Robert Daugherty and Thomas Galart.

Roseville, however, credited senior Dalton Blaser with a single that ricocheted off the second baseman’s hand and drove in sophomore Kyle Downie in the first inning.

“He hit a rocket to the second baseman, off his hand,” DeMello said. “The guy had to be taken out of the game. It broke his finger.”

Braxton Phillips scored for the Tigers in the fourth. He reached first on a dropped third strike, stole second and third and scored on a passed ball.

The news release noted there have been two other no-hitters at Raley Field, both at the Triple-A level.

Granite Bay wins two — Vinny Esposito doubled and singled, giving him five hits in two days, as the Grizzlies defeated Vista del Lago 12-7 on Wednesday for their second victory in two days. Granite Bay beat Rosemont 9-3 on Tuesday.

Esposito went 3 for 4 with a double and three RBI in that game. Granite Bay totaled 25 hits over two games. Sophomore Devin Lehman went 3 for 3 against Rosemont and drove in two runs in each game.

Winning pitcher Shawn Munkdale allowed four hits and one earned run in five innings against Rosemont.

Nick LeBeau and Aaron Knapp scored three runs each against Vista del Lago, and Brett Bautista had a double and three RBI.

The Grizzlies didn’t strike out against Rosemont and had just three against Vista del Lago.

Oakmont 14, Lincoln 4 — The Vikings came back from a 7-4 deficit and scored eight runs in the last of the sixth, beating the Fighting Zebras on a three-run triple by Ryan Gearing.

Justin Garvin and Austin Call combined on a six-hitter for Oakmont. Jimmy Lunardelli had two doubles and two RBI for the Vikings. Garvin, Tommy Wieser and Scotty Walton each drove in two runs. Garvin had a double and single, Walton and Tommy Balmain each doubled, and Dalton DeVries went 2 for 2.